Oprah.bmpYou know the country is getting serious about healthcare reform when Oprah Winfrey puts her considerable media might behind the cause. In an episode aired last Friday–entitled “Sick In America: It Could Happen To You”–the all-powerful Oprah had Michael Moore on the show, along with a sacrificial lamb from the health insurance industry.

I have to admit that Oprah puts on a good show. She spotlighted four hard-luck cases who had their claims denied despite serious illnesses. In one case, the insurer actually backed off and paid the claim after getting a call from Oprah’s staff. Too bad thousands of others who get jerked around by their claims reps don’t have Oprah’s muscle behind them.

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